New York Giants outside linebacker Olivier Vernon and cornerback Eli Apple have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Vernon will miss his third consecutive game with a high ankle sprain suffered during the final week of the preseason. Apple pulled his groin during the second half of the Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Both Vernon and Apple did not practice this week.

Connor Barwin and Lorenzo Carter will fill in Vernon yet again. Neither player has recorded a sack in the Giants’ first two games. B.W. Webb will start in place in Apple while Donte Deayon will see action as the nickel cornerback. The Cowboys successfully went after Webb in the second half of Week 2.

“Certainly, anytime your first-line players go down it’s a big loss,” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “But we’ve got guys that we trust if we put them in there. We trust they they’re going to go out there and play.”

The Giants are looking to avoid their third 0-3 start in the last six seasons in the Texans’ (0-2) home opener.

Last week, there was hope Vernon would return to action this week. Vernon is the Giants’ best pass rusher with 15.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the team. Without him, the Giants rank last in the NFL in sacks with just one in their first two regular season games.

Apple was the Giants’ 2016 first-round pick. He showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie season before hitting the wall both on and off the field last season. Apple was fined by the team, suspended, and deactivated for his conduct. He was one of the Giants’ best players in the Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and was successful against Dallas before injuring his groin.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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